Some people might benefit if they can deanonymze Tor users - law enforcement could catch criminals faster if they had control of the Tor network. Hackers also might want to deanonymze Tor users. But has anyone actually tried to deanonymize Tor users yet?

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Yes, people have tried to deanonymize Tor users. Some may or may not have succeeded.

This has been attempted in several ways including:

  • Traffic analysis (e.g. timing correlation attacks)
  • Vulnerabilities in the Tor browser (e.g. JavaScript exploits)
  • 0 day exploits

So who is trying to deanonymize Tor users?

Check out:

  • There was also the attack by some Carnegie Mellon University researchers who worked with the FBI to attack hidden services: theverge.com/2015/11/11/9719098/…
    – Steve
    May 11, 2021 at 2:30
  • Also the groups trying to control exit nodes in 2020 were attempting to steal cryptocurrencies, and I don't think there was shown to be any attempt to de-anonymize people. And the "zero-day" attacks article is highly editorialized, there were no attacks and the issues discussed have been well-known for years.
    – Steve
    May 11, 2021 at 2:35
  • @Steve thank you for the information - I will edit my post. If you have any other info on this topic, feel free to comment on it.
    – Swangie
    May 11, 2021 at 11:47

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